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Disney Fantasy has lower occupancy percentage than Disney Dream

by Leah Zanolla
Jul 21, 2012

While it made its maiden voyage nearly a year earlier, the Disney Dream is reporting higher occupancy rates than the Disney Fantasy, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet.

According to Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel, occupancy reports show the Fantasy averaging 132.7 percent from April through June of this year, its first three months of sailings. While this may seem high, 100 percent occupancy reflects two people staying in each stateroom. However, the ship can accommodate approximately 4,000 passengers and there are many staterooms that can sleep up to five, allowing for a an occupancy rate much higher than 100 percent. By contrast, the Dream reported an average occupancy rate of 152.1 percent during its three initial months last year. The two classic ships in the Disney fleet, the Wonder and the Magic, averaged 149.2 and 146.7 percent occupancy, respectively, on their Port Canaveral sailings until the new ships took their place.

The Fantasy may not have matched the opening three month average of its sister ship, but Port Canaveral's passenger data does show a steady increase. The above mentioned Sentinel article reports, "Occupancy on the Fantasy was 118.5 percent in April, 131.4 percent in May and 145.2 percent in June." When it comes to reasons behind the lower first three month average than the Dream, the article offers many suggestions. For example, one theory is that Disney Cruise Line strategically chose to limit occupancy in the initial months to allow for adjustments and repairs on ship without inconveniencing passengers. Another possible factor is the Fantasy's sailing schedule in comparison to the Dream. The Dream has been embarking on three, four and five night cruises while the Fantasy has been running a steady schedule of seven night sailings. As a result, the cost to sail on the Fantasy is considerably higher than on the Dream.

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